As the colder and wetter weather descends, so do dry, chapped lips. Many of us buy lip balm to heal or keep chapped lips at bay. In the UK sales for lip balms reached £61.3 million in 2017. (from www.statista.com) There are a lot of factors that determine what we buy. The smell; the price; the use of organic and natural ingredients; trust in a specific brand; or the shape of the lip balm tube, for example.
As you may know, at ON! Juniper we make lip balms, specifically for children. That said, many adults (me included) use them too! When developing our formula, we chose ingredients for specific reasons. Our lip balms were developed to be fun and to benefit the skin, making them a fantastic choice this season for your child’s lips, and yours if you are feeling a little evergreen!
Five of our six lip balms include the same fabulous base ingredients. I thought I’d share why we think they are so fantastic and the benefits they offer.
First, Certified Organic Beeswax has a tonne of natural antibacterial properties. (from https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1995764516301407) When lips chap, ingredients with proven antibacterial properties can aid in fending off bacterial growth and can help in the healing process. We want lip balm to help our lips get better, not worse! Further, beeswax is very effective in sealing in moisture, keeping your lips supple and moisturised.
With the increased focus on veganism, many people are turning their backs to beeswax. I want to underscore that we only use certified organic beeswax. By doing so we know the beeswax is collected in a sustainable manner and doesn’t harm the livelihoods or environments of bees. With this in mind, I believe that we are helping bee colonies by supporting an industry that helps them flourish.
Another ingredient with fabulous anti-bacterial properties is coconut oil. The Certified Organic Coconut Oil we use is pure and extracted from a cold-pressed method. Through this process, the oil keeps the rich fatty oils and vitamins inherently found within. Why is this important? High levels of caprylic/capric acid in coconut oil has been shown to help prevent the growth of bacteria as well as moisturise and condition the skin. Vitamins A and E both aid in improving skin elasticity and overall appearance. These are all excellent properties to help alleviate sore, chapped lips.
Mango Butter, I think, is one of the most underrated kinds of butter. I absolutely love it and am perfectly happy to rub a bit onto my hands when I make our lip balms! Why is it so great? It has a non-waxy consistency making it a fabulous emollient, locking in moisture and making the skin feel soft and nourished. Our Certified Organic Mango Butter is very high in 3 essential fatty acids – oleic, palmitic, and stearic – known to nourish the skin and provide anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also high in caffeic acid, which can help reduce redness and inflammation, symptoms commonly associated with chapped and sore lips. Mango butter is particularly good for lip balms given the concentration of vitamins A, C, and E, which help the skin to heal from excessive sun and windburn.
If you’ve used our lip balms, you may agree that they smell delicious! I believe this is due to the use of Certified Organic Aromas – containing only natural ingredients – to fragrance our products. Our cherry lip balm, for example, is fragranced with cherry extract and that is it! Not only do the aromas we use to add a delicious smell, but they also offer beneficial vitamins and antioxidants to the skin. Cherry extract is a potent antioxidant offering protection against day-to-day skin-damaging elements, like pollution and UV rays.
A couple of years ago a customer told me that our lip balm seemed to clear a sore on her daughter’s lips. The sore had been there for months and other medications had not worked. After using our lip balm, it vanished. If it was indeed our lip balm that had a helping hand, I would attribute it to the fantastic, high-quality ingredients we use and their inherent qualities to inhibit bacterial growth as well as heal and restore the skin.
So, the next time you reach for a lip balm has a good look at the ingredient list. What’s in it? Everything we put on our lips enters our body, either through transdermal adsorption or digestion (as we lick our lips, eat or drink). Will the ingredients benefit you or the person you are buying for? If they don’t, will you still buy it?